ISO Dry herb combinations to mix with olive oil for bread dipping
Does anyone have any combinations of dry herbs to mix with olive oils for bread dipping or know of any sites that have recipes already made up for the herb combinations? I see the dry herb mixes for sale in the store but figured we can make them at home and have them taste better. Thanks,Richie
This is a lovely herb mix that you should be able to find in any middle eastern grocery (and possibly well stocked kosher groceries as well, in particular ones that cater to Israeli populations). It's traditionally made with hyssop, sesame seeds and sumac; non-traditional versions usually substitute a combination of thyme and marjoram for the hyssop (this is VASTLY inferior to the original).
I usually serve warm bread (and especially pita) with a dish of olive oil and another of za'atar. Alternately, you can brush bread/pita with olive oil, sprinkle with za'atar, and gently heat in the oven. Also excellent on chicken before roasting, and in egg dishes.
Penzey's spices has an herb mix called "Greek Seasoning" that is out of this world. I use it all the time with bread and olive oil for dipping. My kids love it, and several guests of mine have raved about it and ordered their own supply. It is also an excellent rub for roast chicken or oven-roasted potatoes, or cold lentil salad.
re: La Dolce Vita
The Israeli spice blend Za'atar is incredible. It's available at the link below. The authentic blend contains a type of wild oregano that grows only in the middle east. Other companies, like Penzeys, sell a Za'atar blend, but they are not the real thing.